M. Sanjayan

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M. Sanjayan
Native name Sanjayan Muttulingam
Born Sri Lanka
Nationality American

M. Sanjayan is an American conservation scientist, writer and Emmy-nomiated television news contributor, specializing in the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment. He is also referred to as Sanjayan, using one name as is Tamil custom.[1]  He is executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International and host of the upcoming television series Earth – A New Wild, produced by National Geographic Television in association with Passion Pictures, which will air on PBS in February 2015.[2] He also was featured in Grist November 19, 2014, for a story about the PBS series. [3]

Prior to Conservation International, Sanjayan was lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy. His scientific work as been published in peer-reviewed journals Science, Nature and Conservation Biology and his expertise has received extensive media coverage, including Vanity Fair,[4] Outside, Time and The Atlantic,.[5] His television experience includes serving as a correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, the 2014 Emmy-nominated climate change series and hosting and contributing to television programs on The Discovery Channel[6] and the BBC.[7]  In 2009, he appeared as a guest on Late Show with David Letterman.[7]  He also writes for The Huffington Post.[8]

In May 2012, CBS News named Sanjayan its science and environmental contributor[9] and his 2013 CBS Evening News report on elephant poaching was nominated for an Emmy in the investigative journalism category.[10]

National Geographic Society recently selected Sanjayan for its Explorers Council, a distinguished group of top scientists, researchers and explorers who provide advice and counsel to the Society across disciplines and projects. Sanjayan is also a Catto fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Born in Sri Lanka, Sanjayan and his family moved to Sierra Leone in 1972.[11]  He moved to the United States to study at the University of Oregon, where he received both a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in ecology.[11]  In 1997, he earned a Ph. D in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.[12]


  1. ^ Bryan Walsh (23 March 2008). "Changing the White Face of the Green Movement". Time Science. Time Inc. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Liz Core (19 November 2014). "Why we’re excited about PBS’ wild new series". Grist. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Edge of Extinction". Vanity Fair. May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Conversation With M. Sanjayan, Nature Researcher and TV Host". The Atlantic. 7 Dec 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Powering the Future - The Energy Planet". Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Sanjayan". Our Scientists. The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "M. Sanjayan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Alex Weprin (11 May 2012). "CBS News Adds Manuel Bojorquez, M. Sanjayan". TVNewster. WebMediaBrands Inc. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ a b Abe Streep (27 July 2010). "The Natural". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Tim Stephens (31 July 1998). "STUDY FINDS CHEETAH POPULATIONS CAN ABSORB HIGH CUB MORTALITY RATES". University of California, Santa Cruz. Retrieved 1 June 2012.